The Moon will join the Sun in the same degree of Capricorn tomorrow at 2:44 pm EST. That will be a New Moon, when Luna is invisible between Earth and the Sun, adding its emotional component to solar consciousness, pulling us towards a new cycle. Conjoined with the luminaries (Sun and Moon), asteroid Requiem will symbolically remind us that beginnings are best undertaken while mindful and in acceptance of the past.
Tomorrow’s New Moon has a past. It has to do with four of the objects that will occupy Capricorn with the conjoined luminaries, and a planet that will this year auspiciously oppose one of those objects.
Capricorn is a busy slice of the zodiac right now. In addition to the Sun, Moon and Requiem, Mercury, Venus, Pluto, Juno and at least a dozen other members of the solar system currently inhabit cardinal earth. Slow Pluto has been there the longest. Interestingly, it is swift Mercury’s position that makes it appropriate to consider how Pluto’s conclusive entry to Capricorn in 2008 is the past event we should be minding now.
It was Nov. 26, 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn to begin about 15 unbroken years of residency. Venus was there waiting in the same degree Mercury will occupy for tomorrow’s New Moon. In other words, Mercury is about to transit Venus’ position on the natal chart for Pluto’s continuous journey through Capricorn. Upon occasion of that transit, Robert Hand has written that “You can see the patterns inherent in the universe and appreciate them aesthetically.” That gives special significance to where the Sun and Moon are about to converge.
When Pluto made its final entry to Capricorn over four years ago, Jupiter was also there. Jupiter was waiting in the same degree where the Capricorn New Moon is about to take place. When we combine Robert Hand’s observation that a lunar transit to Jupiter can “awaken your concern for the deeper aspects of life” with his evaluation of a solar transit to Jupiter as when “It will not be enough to stay in exactly the same place you have been,” the impending luminary conjunction raises the question of where Jupiter is now.
The answer is that the Jovian Gemini retrograde is coming to a close. That closure will, like a New Moon, represent a beginning mindful of the past, in this case the immediate past. After Jupiter resumes direct motion on Jan. 30, it will retrace not only its own steps, but also those of the 2012 Venus Gemini retrograde that shortly preceded Jupiter’s own — an immediate past distinguished by a Venusian transit of the Sun that none now living will ever see again. Jupiter’s final review of Gemini will thus tuck away one of the deepest astrological aspects of your life on its way to one of the deeper aspects of 2013, when it will oppose Pluto from Cancer on Aug. 7.
When opposed by Jupiter on Aug. 7, Pluto will have retrograded back to the same degree where it will be for the imminent Capricorn New Moon. That may not impress you, but another precise return to position surely will.
During tomorrow’s New Moon, Juno will have returned to precisely the same degree of Capricorn it held when Pluto entered that sign for the second and final time in November of 2008. It’s the same asteroid Juno that conjoined with the Sun during the Capricorn Solstice of 2012, and its position tomorrow has connective implications for the first New Moon since the solstice, which is also the first New Moon of 2013.
In his podcast yesterday, Eric averred that Juno is “all about the inability to express needs.” If you are wondering what part of the past you should be mindful of tomorrow, let that be a clue. Juno’s transit to conjoin the position it occupied when Pluto committed to Capricorn connects the New Moon to the new year, the new season, and you.
It is therefore an appropriate time for you to undertake a new beginning by actively seeking to be mindful of needs long unexpressed, adding their heretofore invisible emotional component to your own consciousness. What’s more, it is also an auspicious time for you to realize that it will be easier to breathe during Pluto’s rarefied traverse of Capricorn if you can find a way to get those needs off your chest in a way that enhances your connection with other people. Finding such acceptance begins with accepting yourself, needs and all.
Just like tomorrow’s New Moon, you have a past. It is something you have participated in creating, and it has contributed to what you are. To accept everything you have experienced is to accept yourself. Indeed, self-acceptance may be one unexpressed need we all have in common, pulling all of us at once into a new cycle for humanity.
Accepting yourself is the important first step. Unless you do so, you cannot move forward in a coherent manner. If you do so, others will recognize it, seeing their needs in yours, making it safer for you to express them, moving all of us forward together. This is not the stuff of fraud or fantasy. It is not speculation. It is real. It can be done. You can participate. Tomorrow’s New Moon will be an excellent time to begin.
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